Roberta Silman

Book Review: “His Only Son” — A Delightful Discovery from Turn-of-the-Century Spain

December 1, 2016
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A splendid, absorbing read in which you feel as if you’ve been dropped onto the set of a Mozart opera.

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Book Review: Thomas De Quincey — A Memorably “Guilty Thing”

October 29, 2016
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Frances Wilson’s biography of Thomas De Quincey is superb, written with enormous empathy and insight.

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Book Review: Rabih Alameddine’s “Angel of History” — Knocked Askew

October 5, 2016
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This is a book about “survivor’s guilt,” and also about the terrible loneliness that comes of losing so many whom you love.

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Music Commentary: The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute

August 27, 2016
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If any of you are harboring a budding young musician, investigate the possibility of he or she attending BUTI.

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Author Appreciation: The Fiction of Kent Haruf — Surviving Ordinary Life with Grace

August 5, 2016
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Kent Haruf’s novels remind us that even in the hardest lives, there is joy, often delicate and evanescent, but joy, nevertheless.

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Book Review: A. B. Yehoshua’s “The Extra” — A Genius for Dissecting Family Matters

June 27, 2016
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This canny writer is concerned with the kind of complicated family relationships that engaged his Jewish literary forebears.

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Book Review: “The Last Painting of Sara De Vos” — On Art and Forgery

May 17, 2016
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You may have read similar earlier works, but Dominic Smith’s novel is in a class of its own.

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Book Review: Helen Dunmore’s Terrific “Exposure”

April 28, 2016
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There are resemblances to Virginia Woolf in Helen Dunmore’s awareness that much of family life lies in what is not said as much as in what is said.

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Book Review: An Uneven “Bottomland”

April 5, 2016
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Perhaps in the future Michelle Hoover will let her very real talent take her into the unknown, where narrative and myth merge.

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Book Review: “Living On Paper” — Letters From Iris Murdoch

March 5, 2016
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Iris Murdoch proves a wonderful companion: funny, honest, insightful, and courageous.

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